Friday Music
February 2011

St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)

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4 February

Ambre Hammond (piano)

Sonata K 330 in C major - W A Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Allegro Moderato
Andante cantabile

Chopin Ballade No 1 Op 23 G minor  - F Chopin (1810 - 1849)

Chopin Etude Op 25 No 1  - F Chopin (1810 - 1849)

Chopin Impromptu Op 66  - F Chopin (1810 - 1849)

Cafe 1930  - A Piazzola (1921 - 1992)

Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 F Liszt (1811 - 1886)

Ambre Hammond as born in Cairns and learnt to play the piano with her mother Carolyn Hammond from age 3 to 16 years. She gave her first concert at the age of 5. In 1990 Hammond achieved a world record when she was awarded her AMEB Associate and Licentiate Diplomas of music, both in the same year at just 12 years of age. At the age of 16, in Argentina, Hammond won first prize in her first international music competition. The next year, she was invited to return to Argentina to perform in her debut performance with the Orquesta Sinfonica De Córdoba where her performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 was recorded live. Hammond also recorded piano works of Franz Liszt at just 16 years of age, including demanding works such as Réminiscences de Norma (Bellini), Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Après une lecture de Dante and Wilde Jagd. Both recordings have been issued on the Gold Classics label.

Hammond has performed both solo and with orchestras in Australia, Europe (England, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland), North America and South America. She has performed with the SBS Youth Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Fribourg Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of the City in London.

Lalo Schifrin, a renowned Hollywood film score writer has composed a double concerto for Ambre Hammond and trumpeter James Morrison which was premiered on 19 July 2007 at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony; the concert was later broadcast on ABC Television.

Due to a sudden family crisis, Ambre Hammond was unable to perform and Mark Quarmby played with a couple of hours notice.

Mark Quarmby (organ)
Director of Music, St Stephen's

Improvisation sur le Te Deum - Charles Tournemire (1870 - 1939)

Voluntary in D minor Op. 7, No. 8 - John Stanley (1712 - 1786)

Prelude in G, BWV 568 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

To His Servant Bach, God Grants a Glimpse: The Morning Star - G. Koehne (1956 - )

Andante (from Sonata No. 6 Op. 65 in D) - Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)

Carillon de Westminster - Louis Vierne (1870- 1937)


11 February

The Strelitzia Piano Trio

Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich - violin
Eleanor Betts - cello
Lindsay Gilroy - piano

Piano Trio in C minor - J Brahms (1833 - 1897)
1. Allegro energico
2. Presto non assai
3. Andante grazioso
4. Allegro molto

Piano Trio in F-sharp minor - A Babadjanian (1921 - 1983)
2. Andante
3. Allegro vivace

The Strelitzia Trio is a rising star in the world of chamber music. Formed in 2008, these talented young musicians won the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award in 2009, and have benefited from the guidance of some of Australia's most eminent musicians.The Trio perform repertoire ranging from the great classics, to rare gems and modern masterpieces.

In this performance , they will take audiences on a journey from the lyrical and dramatic world of Brahms ,  to a piano trio written in 1952 by Armenian composer and pianist Arno Babadjanian. Rooted in the Armenian folk tradition, it was also influenced by the great Russian composers of the 20th Century: Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Khachaturian.



18 February

Kate Proctor (flute)

Michael Last (flute)

Hye-Lim Lee (piano)

Andante in C Major, K.315 - W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

'Suite' - Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941)
Invocation- Scherzo-Valse

Ecstatic Dances for two flutes - Ross Edwards (1943- )
Kate Proctor and Michael Last

Fantasie 7 – G.P.Telemann (1681-1767)
- Alla francese, Largo
- Allegro
- Largo
- Presto

Sonata - Otar Taktakishvili (1924-1989)
- Allegro cantabile
- Moderato con moto
- Allegro scherzando

Reverie and Petite Valse - Andre Caplet (1878-1925)

Kate began her musical education studying recorder, flute and piano at the Mitchell Conservatorium in Bathurst. While at school she was a member of the Bathurst Youth Band and Orchestra, Bathurst Chamber Orchestra, Mitchell Conservatorium flute choirs, school ensembles and the Macquarie Philharmonia. Kate performed regularly at Eisteddfods and in competitions around NSW and took part in numerous Flute Festivals and Eisteddfods. While in Bathurst she was part of the orchestras in the Carillion Theatrical Societies productions of West Side Story, Barnum, Jesus Christ Superstar and A Chorus Line. After studying under numerous teachers in Bathurst Kate decided to concentrate on flute and successfully auditioned for the Youth Access Program at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2005. It was then that she began having regular lessons with James Kortum in Sydney. In 2006 Kate successfully auditioned to perform a solo item as part of the Festival of Instrumental Music at the Opera House and in 2007 completed her HSC and was nominated for Encore. In 2008 Kate travelled to Europe and had lessons in the UK helping confirm that she wanted to pursue a career in flute performance. Returning to Sydney in 2009, Kate began a Batchelor of Music majoring in flute performance continuing her studies under Kortum and commencing semi-regular piccolo lessons with Rosamund Plummer. In 2010 she was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, various conservatorium ensembles and recently began studying flute with Geoffrey Collins. In October of 2010 Kate travelled to America as part of the SCM Symphony Orchestra, returning to complete her second year of studies. In 2011 she will again be part of Sydney Sinfonia and Sydney Youth Orchestras, continuing to study flute with Collins and piccolo with Plummer.


25 February

Peter Guy
(Organist, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle)


Praeludium in g minor - Buxtehude (c.1637-1707)

Procession - Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995)

Elegy - CHH Parry (1848-1918)

Andante in E flat - SS Wesley (1810-1876)

Larghetto in F# minor - SS Wesley (1810-1876)

Choral Song and Fugue - SS Wesley (1810-1876)

Peter Guy is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Appointed at the age of 26, he is the youngest person to hold this position. Prior to this, Peter was Director of Music at St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney and the inaugural Director of Chapel Music at St Andrew's College, University of Sydney.

Peter studied for his Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Pipe Organ and Choral Conducting under Dr Philip Matthias. He graduated with First Class Honours and received the University Medal. He was the recipient of many awards while studying, including the Michael Dudman Scholarship, Newton John Prize for the most outstanding graduate, Vice Chancellor's Honours Scholarship and an Australian Postgraduate Award.

In 2003, Peter performed in the national keyboard final of the Symphony Australia Young Performer's Award, performing Poulenc's Concerto for Organ and Strings with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Peter has also appeared with the Canberra Youth Orchestra for numerous concerto performances, and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009, Peter released his first solo recording of organ works, Organ Classics From Newcastle Cathedral. He also appears on a recent recording by the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, Vintage Sounds Alive: Historic Organs of NSW and as an accompanist on recordings by the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir and Christ Church Cathedral Choir. He has been broadcast on many radio stations, both locally and internationally, including a Sunday Live performance for ABC Classic FM from the Harold Lobb Concert Hall at The Conservatorium, Newcastle.
Peter enjoys an active recital schedule, performing around Australia and internationally. He has toured to the UK, France, South Korea and the USA, performing at venues including St Paul's Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London, and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. He has recently returned from America, performing the opening recital of the Organ Historical Society's 2010 Annual Convention in Pittsburgh.

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